Bully blogger Lisa Duggan writes on the surprising spike in queer activism in Utah post-Proposition 8 in The Nation: “What’s Right with Utah.” Last fall I lived in Salt Lake City. As a leftist and New York City dyke, I had expected to find a conservative city and a quietly assimilationist gay community. Instead, I […]
How Straight is Adam Lambert?
By Tavia Nyong’o A dirty little secret about American Idol finalist Adam Lambert: a lot of gay men dislike him too. The “shrill,” ” campy,” “theatrical,” “vegas act” epithets thrown at him as he advanced to finals on the recent Idol season were also hurled by many queers who found him equally grating. Now that […]
Guyliner and Glass Closets
Do you care whether American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert (seen here in “Clockwork Orange” drag) officially comes out of the closet? Is he even in it, in your opinion? And regardless of when or whether he ever sings to the tune of our confessional culture, will he make an impact on queer representation in pop […]
by Lisa Duggan IT’S THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE, STUPID Mark Taylor’s NY Times op ed, “End the University As We Know It” borrows its title from the Clintonian call to end welfare entitlements, a significant way station in the process of eroding New Deal social supports. But to bastardize another Clintonism, Taylor’s op ed inclines me […]
by Brian Eugenio Herrera Mark Taylor’s call to “End the University as We Know It” proved most disappointing for its shockingly naïve (or cruelly disingenuous) echo of a previous higher education manifesto published several years prior: the notorious “A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education,” authored by The Secretary of Education’s […]
Weekend Video Inspiration
Thanks Kandia, for sending this our way.
By Miranda Joseph Mark Taylor’s End the University as We Know It makes a broad argument from a very specific professional, disciplinary and institutional location—he is a tenured faculty member in a traditional humanities department at a prestigious private university. From where I sit–-a tenured faculty member in an interdisciplinary department (Gender and Women’s Studies) […]
University of Waste
By Eng-Beng Lim Tellingly, the “graduate education” in dire need of restructuring and regulation is unmarked in Mark Taylor’s op-ed, except through his complaints about its “narrow scholarship,” “subfields within subfields,” and his institutional location in a particular kind of religion department. But what is this cryptic form, “a product for which there is no […]
Did the Mark Taylor NYT op ed that Bully Blogger Jack Halberstam writes about below make you cranky? Have you been looking for a way to sound off about it? Add your 500 word commentary to this blog! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review what you send for posting here. For the Bullly Bloggers: […]
What if motivated faculty around the country took stock of the state of the various fields to which they are attached and reorganized themselves instead of waiting for half-brained administrators to do it for them?